Friday, December 23, 2011

Three Books Every Natural Hair Woman Must Have

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Kinky Khronicles: TKK Natural Hair Spotlight-Ronyelle Baker

It's ME

The Kinky Khronicles: TKK Natural Hair Spotlight-Ronyelle Baker: What is your name and where are you from? Ronyelle – Dayton, Ohio How long have you been natural? 3 years and 4 months Why did you ...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

old school new do

Travel Tips for Naturals
7. Keep some items easily accessible
Once you reach your destination, you may want to do a few adjustments to your hair. Make sure that the items you’ll need for that are not buried deep in your luggage.
8.  If your hair products weigh more than your clothing, unpack and try again.

Loc contest- I may need to try this

We are looking for three committed loose natural head that want to take the journey to lockdom in 2012. The winner will get a free copy of The Knotty Truth Lock Manual. Submissions will be accepted online from December 1, 2011- December 31st 2011. Submit an expression of what motivates you to lock. It can be a drawing, poem, song(mp3 file), composition. Please submit to Winners will be announced on January 15, 2012 in honor of MLK Celebration Day.

8 Herbs & Oils that Promote Hair Growth
I wanna try this one;

Wheat Germ/Aloe Vera/Coconut Milk
Mix 1/4 cup of wheat germ, 1/4 cup of aloe vera and 1/4 cup of coconut milk and use this product as a natural shampoo. Aloe vera can be purchased at drugstores and herb shops and can also be applied directly to the scalp as it will open pores on the scalp that may have previously been blocked and will allow the hair follicles to grow. The American Indians also used and continue to use several kinds of oils to promote hair growth such as emu oil, rosemary oil, and mustard oil.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Twilight hair

Attempted a new style

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Flexi Rod Set on Natural Hair (Attempt #2)


Casual & Classic "Natural Hair" Style


Curly And Lovely: "I Didn't Land On Natural Hair..."

Curly And Lovely: "I Didn't Land On Natural Hair...": ...."Natural Hair landed On Me" *Malcom X voice LOL!!!* the most absolute highest L!!!! I DIE every time I see this sce...

"Kudos to those that were able to jump in head and hair first but ladies, please be respectful of each other's journeys and be supportive. You never know what kind of obstacles another natural has endured just to get to the point that she is at in her journey. Remember, "Each one teach one", be positive and most importantly, be INSPIRING!""

Friday, November 4, 2011

Great day three twist out

Check out the 8 alternatives to  apple cider vinegar rinses

Monday, September 19, 2011

Natural Hair Pet Peeves-GET OUT OF MY HEAD


  1. People (and companies) that talk about using oil for moisture.  Oil does NOT moisturize your hair.  It can soften, seal, protect, but not moisturize.
  2. People who say “twa” as oppose to “t-w-a” this is just annoying.  It seems like you are trying to sound faux-french or fancy.
  3. People who go on message boards or FB pages and ask questions without first reading a book, googling or simply reading previous posts.
  4. Companies that take some shea butter mix it up with some essential oils then try to sell a 4oz jar for $12. Stop. It. Now.
  5. People who complain about their hair being dry but drink less than 1 glass of actual water a day.  Your body needs water and your hair and skin will be the first to suffer the consequences, so drink up.
  6. 18-month long protective style challenges.  I’m exaggerating but what is the point of having something nice if you never show it off? Reminds me of Smiegel from Lord of the Rings.
  7. Company’s marketing gimicks that claim far-fetched returns on some basic ingredient that is last on the ingredients list.  *smh*
  8. Hair Vitamins/Supplements.  I don’t really hate vitamins, but I hate that ppl put more faith in taking a magic pill then actually eating a balanced diet.
  9. Fake product reviews on Youtube where the product was not properly applied or even used correctly.  Have some intellectual honesty.  I once saw a review where a girl applied a new gel on hair that already had product in it from earlier that day and only applied it to her hair line then called it a great definer.  C’mon son.
  10. People who OVER do it when it comes to the amount of a product or the number of products used.  I have seen people use an entire 8 oz jar of come hair cream to twist their hair which was maybe chin length when stretched then wondered why their hair felt coated.  Less is more.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Best times to drink Water

 I really gotta work on this!

The Best Times To Drink H20

You CANNOT survive without drinking water. Point. Blank. Period.
Your body thrives off it. Your body needs it and your body performs better when there’s a surplus of it. Your hair reacts positively to plenty of water as well.
But did you know there are optimal times to drink water? (Yea, who knew?)
Aside from the recommended eight glasses a day, if you drink water at certain times, you can prevent health risks. Wanna know the top four times to have a glass of agua? Get your pen and pad ready.
1) Two glasses of water after waking up helps to activate internal organs
So, you know when you first get up, you’re kind of out of it, right? You need to wipe the morning crust out of your eye and then get situated. Well, your body does too. If you drink two glasses of cold water in the morning your internal organs begin to wake up as well, which helps you take on the day. Dope, right?
2) One Glass Of Water 30 Minutes Before Bed Helps Digestion.
There’s nothing like a nice home-cooked meal. Especially if that meal happens to come equipped with baked mac-and-cheese, greens and dressing. Now, meals like that are a once in a while venture, but if you drink a nice glass of water before you chow down, it’ll help you when it’s time for you to go, ya know?
3) One Glass of Water Before Taking A Bath Helps To Lower Blood Pressure.
On the work days when your boss is on 10 and the fax machine always seems to jam up when you use it, and the phones are ringing non stop, a bath is well deserved. However, just because you’ve left the office doesn’t mean your heart or the rest of your internal organs realize it. Drink one glass of water before you take a bath and the mounting blood pressure that’s occurred because of your 9 to 5 ,will be a thing of the past.
4) One Glass of Water Before Bed Can Help Avoid Stroke or Heart Attack

Satin Bonnet Struggles

Sunday, September 11, 2011

5 Ways To Wear Your Twists:: Protective Styles For Colder Months (Natura...

Must try these

Monday, September 5, 2011

Diva white dinner

Nothing to do with hair but my BFFs of 20+yrs get together once a month for dinner.  We went to the Melting Pot last week and decided to all wear white.  We all looked so good I cant help but share.

Side note on the weight loss.  I'm still stalled but things are moving and settling out.  I can really tell in my face and lower half lately.  I almost don't recognize me.  LOL

30 day photo challenge in review

Im back!!

The diva week in Orlando was AWESOME.  I came back with a lovely kidney stone Im still trying to pass.  I think I took a picture every day...along with 600 other photos!!  Yea..really...600.  I love taking pictures.  Im gonna make a slide showing showing my hairstyles.  I did have them numbered but lost track half way through.

Shealoe – Shea Butter + Aloe Vera Gel | Natural Hair Rules!!! Natural Hair Styles, Hair Care, & Inspiration

Shealoe – Shea Butter + Aloe Vera Gel | Natural Hair Rules!!! Natural Hair Styles, Hair Care, & Inspiration

Thursday, August 11, 2011

30 day photo challenge Day 11

Alittle better.  I just "flat twisted"...(I use the term loosly) the front and pulled the rest back with a goody clip.  The polar bear says it was a very June Cleaver-ish style...maybe it was my flower print Blossom dress...i dont know..but..I think it works....mostly.

30 day photo challenge Day 10 was just a bad hair day....aint nothing much to say about it.  LOL

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

30 day photo challenge Day 8 & 9


 Today was DC with Aussie Moist 3 min re constructor and coconut oil for a few hours and cowash/band.

I started packing for the diva trip.  Im a bad packer..I dont think I can do 8 days with less than 3 bags.  Clothes are done in 2 but I still got shoes, bathroom and hair stuff and jewelry to do.  Thats another bag.

I only managed a few pics yesterday.
Day 8

Sunday, August 7, 2011

30 day photo challenge Day7

Im getting ready to go on the diva trip with my BFFs.  We are going to Orlando, FL. Im very excited.  J and I went to my stepmom, who makes jewlry, to get some peices for the trip.  I got caught in a downpour of rain and my hair frizzed up some but not horrible.  I really like this routine so 8-10 twist and twist-out the next day.  Id like to think its ok to wear it like this more often than not.  Its not a protective style but Im not putting any tension or raking through it alot.

J and I played Beauty Shop.  I blew out her fro and put it up and puffs and then made her some flax seed gel that wasnt as stinky...The lemon was abit strong though.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

30 day photo challenge Day 6

Been shopping and running around today.  Just managed one pic.  I did mist and retwist my hair last night.  I think I can really dig this style!!  Note the awesome jewelry from Natural Hair Wear!!

THE NATURAL HAVEN: Mineral Oil is Evillllll!! (or maybe not?)

Thank God for the smart folks who can break it down!

THE NATURAL HAVEN: Mineral Oil is Evillllll!! (or maybe not?): "Ok so I really don't do sensationalist headlines, please blame this one on Alice ( fab blog ) who sent this email with this title to me :). ..."

Specifically for hair, mineral oil is useful for

1. Preventing the hair fibre from swelling too much when placed in water (see this post).
2. Preventing moisture entry in humid conditions (see this post)
3. Preventing UV damage to hair by forming a 'protective' layer which stops breakdown of the amino acids in the hair (Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, pg 109-122, 1993).

The sticking point (pun intended) of mineral oil is simply that, it sticks to the outside of the hair. It does not penetrate the hair like coconut oil does. Therefore, it is perhaps not the most beneficial oil that could be used on hair.

I definitely also agree that some hair can handle mineral oil better than others. Factors that could affect this include

1. How often you wash your hair with shampoo (more washing less build up)
2. How far up is mineral oil on the ingredient list on the product (top 5 listing means more mineral oil than if it appears in the bottom 5)
3. How often do you use the product with mineral oil (daily use probably means more accumulation than weekly or fortnightly use).

Avoiding mineral entirely for whatever reason is not bad, however using pseudo science to justify this is the problem.

NaturallyCurly's Frizz Forecast

NaturallyCurly's Frizz Forecast: "View a forecast of frizz-levels in your area"

NaturallyCurly's Frizz Forecast gives you instant weather reports on conditions that can cause frizzy hair. You'll also get recommendations for frizzy hair remedies to keep your hair looking great—whatever the conditions are outside. Just enter your hair type and location to get your forecast now.

Friday, August 5, 2011

30 day photo challenge Day 5

Went to see planet of the apes with the polar bear.  I loved it. 
My hair did great.  Still had alot of curl. I just put some flax seed gel to redefine the top and moved my part to the center.  I always like it when I see it on other women....on me...eyyyy.  I dont know.  I will mist and do 6-8 twist tonight and wear down again tomorrow I think.  Try and make that part better looking.  LOL
  I got one decent picture of my curl pattern before I got ready.  I suck at taking pics...but love to take them.  LOL.

Edgy Twist Out on Natural Hair

Thursday, August 4, 2011

30 day photo challenge Day 4

Ive not left the house today so I decided to tuck and roll my curls.  The flaxseed has my hair still so soft...and curly.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

30 day photo challenge Day 3

yesterday was day 2

Today is Day 3  Last night i lightly misted with green tea spritz to finger comb and make 9 Miss Ceily twist braids using my flax-seed gel. Today I separated with a bit of avocado oil on my hands.

frizzed out twist out...

Part of my problem too was spritzing before hand. I didnt intend on taking them down when I did. LOL...mental note: dont talk on phone when making hair decisions.

Saturday, July 30, 2011


I havent twisted my hair in ages but after the concert I had to wash and condition my hair so I said what the hay.  No major plans so I can keep them in for 4-5 days. ummm yeahhhh....way too much work.  Took all day and not even close to presentable.  Oh well thats what headbands are for.

Dead tired after the Def Leppard concert.  Fake puff over my hair since I knew Id be soaked in sweat from dancing in the heat.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Good Hair Blog: Protective Style Challenge

The Good Hair Blog: Protective Style Challenge: "As many of you know, I've been wearing protective styles for months now. Since about December I have tried to wear my hair (95% of the t..."

Im going to try this challenge for the next 3 months!! I have the tools and options...I just need to do it. I suffer hand in hair syndrome really bad.

How to meet that goal:

  • NO cutting (unless you have to eliminate single strand knots)
  • NO dry brushing/combing
  • Handle your hair with care
  • Wash when NECESSARY (I will be washing my hair in between protective styles, about once ever 2.5 weeks)
  • Deep conditioning 2x a month
  • Sealing moisture into the hair to eliminate breakage and dryness
  • Keeping ends tucked and in styles that are low maintenance
  • Taking vitamins and drinking ample amounts of water
Style Options:

  • Buns
  • Twists
  • Braided updos
  • Full weave installs (where hair is SEWN NOT GLUED)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wet Bunning on Natural Hair

This is how to do a bun without the foam thingy. I think I have enough length for it.

Ohio is hot as H-E-L-L

I actually had to leave the house today and had lunch with former coworkers.  Its been too long.  I fussed a few mins over what to do with my hair but as hot as it is.....Nothing to do but bun today.

I used the foam thingy to make the donut bun.  My friend told me foam damages the hair.  Just my luck.  I guess I will try to twist like Elle.  I gotta find the tutorial she did.

Carrier Oils, Essential Oils & My Other Natural Products!

Oils broken down

Sunday, July 17, 2011

✿ 68 ✿ My ONE Hairstyle for ANY Occasion!

How cute is this?!!!? Im gonna have to try it too!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

How to use apple cider vinegar (ACV)

Here is the recipe that we use for ACV:

2 Tablespoons ACV
1 cup (8 oz) of warm water

We have used both a spray bottle and a squirt bottle to add it to the hair and have found that a spray bottle with a stream option works best for us.  Getting the ACV to the roots of the hair is the most important for all of it's benefits, so just a straight spray wouldn't really work in getting it where it needs to go.  The squirt bottle was helpful, but actually was a little hard to control where the flow was going. That's just our experience, though.

You can actually use ACV instead of shampoo.  In fact, we do not use shampoo at all anymore.  We will either co-wash (conditioner-only wash) or use ACV when I good clarifying wash is necessary.  Boo's hair stays nicely moisturized and yet perfectly cleaned without having to use heavily alkaline shampoo products.

So, back to the gunk, or goo, that Mama Holli was asking about.  You can use the AVC rinse just like you would a shampoo to cleanse all of the hair, or you can spot use it on just some trouble spots, like the little areas around the area where it built up around a rubber band. Either way, it's been our go-to way of attacking the goo and a very inexpensive way to do so.

On a side note, I have only used the raw, organic version of ACV, like Bragg's. I would imagine the benefits would be greater the closer the ACV is to it's original state. I can only assume that the more processed the ACV is, the less likely you are to see its full benefits. Also, the health benefits outlined above are not exclusive to chocolate hair! They are equally as useful for vanilla hair and can be used as a clarifying shampoo for any hair type when you want a more natural way to wash hair and/or you just want to get that greasy, oily feeling out!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Banded Ponytails Protective Style TUTORIAL for CurlyKinkyCoily (med to l...

I know my head is too big for this style but its easy and quick...and well...I cant do nothing about my block head so Im gonna rock it anyways.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Natural product...junkie

Ok, so I did some cleaning out of my products and decided I didnt really have a whole lot.  Im dont think Im a product junkie.  Now I might be a slight hoarder of natural oils...but I just like to be prepared.  The few commercial products I have I dont really use often but Im reluctant to let them go.  I might need them in a pinch or something.  LOL

My cowashes.  I rotate these...there are probably 3 other bottles in the shower.  Almost everything has some sort of oil added to it.

 These are my spritz's of various concoctions.  There is glycerin, vitamin E in every one of them..some have conditioner in.  The application bottle is my castor oil/tea tree mix.
 My main essential oils
 The styling products...there arent that many.  I am slowly working through the Carol's daughter stuff and the eco gels.  Now that Im using my own flax seed gel I probably dont need them never know,
I really dont shampoo often...maybe once a month depending on how heavy I get with stuff.  Again everything has an oil or 3 added into it.  The soaps are new.  Cant wait to see how they work,

My beloved oils...I just want to add some avocado oil...I need some  more coconut oil too....hmm

Thursday, July 7, 2011

wash ands go with my homemade flax seed gel

I did a wash n go today for the first time in probably 6-8 months. I used flaxseed gel I made. My tiny curls are hanging tough. Shrinkage is just foul but the definition is cool. Thinking about pineapple it tonight and see how day 2 fairs.  its alittle crunchy right now but bouncy. I washed and didnt put an oil underneath the gel so I think that has something to do with it because when I use it other times it is soft. The gel itself is almost like eco styler...more gooey...snotty for lack of a better word. Its in an old soap dispenser bottle.  I added some tea tree, rosemary and vit E.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

All Things O'Natural: Let's Talk Hair: The Benefits of COOL WATER RINSIN...

All Things O'Natural: Let's Talk Hair: The Benefits of COOL WATER RINSIN...: " Hola Chicas/Chicos...I pray all is well with everyone. So what's the benefit of cool water rinsing?? I'm sure ,at some point during your..."

Cool Water Rinsing: Why It Works

Each hair has three layers: the innermost layer, the cuticle; the middle layer, the cortex; and the outer layer, which is comprised of scales arranged like the shingles on a roof. Warm water opens up the cuticle, causing the scales on the outer layer to stick out. This makes it possible for shampoos and conditioners to penetrate the hair shaft more easily. But if the cuticle is left open, the scales continue to stick out, and they make the hair look frizzy, rough and damaged. Rinsing the hair with cool water causes the cuticle to close again. When the cuticle is closed, the scales on the surface of the hair shaft lie flat, and the hair looks smooth and shiny.

Twist Out Method 101: How-To and Maintaining

I really need to learn how to twist like this. Her hair is just wow

Dead Prez " The Beauty Within" (Official Video).mov

So many versions....visions of beauty

Monday, July 4, 2011

Afro Day today

The top half of my head is very fine with little curl. I managed to coax ole girl into representing for the holiday. The polar bear and I went to dinner and it was funny the folks looking at my hair. Im not sure Ive ever noticed it before but it was definite "Oh look". I guess it was pretty out there.

Im kinda/sorta/not really worried about detangling because I had to tease the top abit to stand up. She did good. Im becoming quite proud of her.

Mr. likes to take pics when you not looking

I did feel pretty with her just running free.

How To Transition Or Protective Style With A Weave

Current naturalistas, if you want to use hair pieces for protective styling, that’s cool too. Just pay very close attention to maintenance and hair hygiene. Follow my 4 tips, and in no time, you’ll be well on your way to gorgeous natural hair!

1. Watch your hairline and loosen up

It’s not a good look to wear a wig that looks like its eating your forehead or wear extensions that are so tight that your eyebrows stay raised in a perpetually surprised look. And besides not being a good look, these are also the quickest ways to cause hair loss. Every time you remove that hair piece, you’re stripping hair right out of your follicles- which equals permanent hair loss. So if you want to use a hair piece, avoid tight styles and do not glue anything directly to your hair or hairline.

2) Take vitamins

When you wear a hair piece, it’s important to remember that you should also be paying attention to the health of your own natural hair underneath. There will come the time when you won’t want to wear your weave/wig anymore. So while you’re rocking your cute little hair piece, make sure to eat healthy, drink lots of water, and take vitamins. The thing to remember is that healthy hair starts from the inside out. So take a good multivitamin, biotin, or prenatal vitamins, which are great for optimal hair growth and hair health.

3) Moisturize your natural hair

While you wear your hair piece, you should also make sure you moisturize your natural hair- don’t just forget about it underneath your hair piece. There are tons of hair products options. I’m natural haired, was recently featured in Essence and talked about some of the hair products I use. You will have to experiment with what works for you. There’s bad stuff, good stuff, and great stuff. And when it comes to the bad stuff, I will say that there are a few ingredients that you should definitely limit or avoid. These ingredients are sodium lauryl sulfate, alcohol, petroleum and mineral oil- all of which cause buildup, are drying, pore-clogging and moisture-blocking. Instead use products from reputable brands, as well as products that contain great moisturizers like olive oil and jojoba oil.

4) Regularly shampoo, condition, and style

I cannot stress enough that regular shampooing, conditioning, and styling is a very important part of transitioning/protective styling with a weave or wig. Don’t go longer than 1 week without washing your hair. Buildup of hair products and bacteria, can lead to mild and even serious scalp inflammation and infections, which can also lead to hair loss. And if you’re fortunate not to get an infection, there is the embarrassment of having smelly hair. And nobody wants that. Basically, you can’t just slap on a hair piece and think that’s the end of things. You have to be as meticulous as you would have been without the hair piece. Comb it. Wash it. Style it. Wrap your hair at night. Be good to it. Love it! Even though it’s not your actual hair, it’s still a product that needs to be taken care of and maintained as you transition.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Fake puff for protection

Fake puff on the left...real puff on the right:

A smaller one with lighter color

NATURAL HAIR JOURNEY: Over the Past 5 Years (Waistlength)

I just saw this video. This diva now has waist length hair. 5-6 yrs. Simply amazing. 4a/b hair too. Just wow.

Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Styles and Curly Hair Care: 7 Signs You May Be Obsessed With Your Natural Hair...

Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Styles and Curly Hair Care: 7 Signs You May Be Obsessed With Your Natural Hair...: "Photo Source by Tammy of CurlyChics When the love of your natural hair crosses the line to Obsessionville, it may be time to reevaluate ..."

I might have a problem.

1. You treat your hair like another human being
You often refer to your coils as "her", as if you are speaking about one of your friends and have even given them a name.

"Mahogany and I are spending some quality time together this weekend”.

2. No conversation goes by without mention of your hair
Your friends are apprehensive about even mentioning the word “hair” for fear that you will start on a natural hair tirade. You repeatedly chant India Arie’s “I Am Not My Hair” however; your afro almost always ends up being the topic of discussion. You turn something totally unrelated into a dialogue about natural hair.

Your friend: “It’s raining outside”
You: “I’m glad I’m natural, I don’t have to worry about rain”

3. You spend hour after hour perusing the Natural Hair blogs and Twitter
Your entire day is centered around the latest and greatest products or hairstyles for natural hair. You find it difficult to focus at work until you’ve had your cup of joe and done your daily natural hair blog browsing and you can’t wait to get home to your laptop in the evenings to continue.

Mae's Updated BLOW OUT Regimen

i WISH mine would blowup like this

Thursday, June 30, 2011

How to Do Mini-Twists on Natural Hair (Without Driving Yourself Crazy!)

I might have to try this. She makes it look simple. I love the look of mini twist.

Hair reciepe's

Spritz Recipes


1 tbs. oil (olive, avocado, grapeseed, sweet almond)

2 tbs. light conditioner

½ cup water

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray onto twists and braids for softness and sheen.


Kimmaytube’s Leave-in Conditioner

1 oz Knot Today Leave-In (or 2 tablespoons of YOUR preferred leave-in)
2 tablespoons of (Whole leaf version) Aloe Vera Juice with a pH 4.0 or 4.5
2 teaspoons of Castor Oil (optional. I sometimes do without it)
2 teaspoons of Jojoba Oil
Mix well.

Conditioning Recipes


3 tbs. honey

¼ cup olive oil

Warm the honey in your microwave for about 20 to 30 seconds. Mix in the oil. Work a small amount at a time through your hair until it is coated. Leave on 30 minutes. Shampoo and rinse well.


2 tbs. olive oil

1 egg

¼ cucumber, peeled and pureed


1 tsp. honey

1 egg

3 drops rosemary oil

¼ cup almond or coconut oil

Put the egg in a bowl and beat in honey. Pour this mixture into the top of a double boiler. Stir the mixture until it is warm and creamy. Remove from the stove. Once the mixture is cool, slowly add the oil and stir until completely blended. Work the mixture through your hair and leave on for a minimum of 15 to 30 minutes. Shampoo and rinse well.


1 tbs. honey

1 egg yolk

½ tsp. almond oil

1 tbs. yogurt

Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Apply to your hair and leave on for at least 30 minutes. Shampoo and rinse well.



1 egg white

5 tbs. plain unflavored yogurt

Beat the egg white until it is foamy. Fold in the yogurt. Apply the mixture to your hair in small sections at a time. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse well and follow with a leave in conditioner.


¼ cup vitamin E oil

¼ cup castor or jojoba oil

A few drops rosemary oil

A few drops peppermint oil

This treatment includes ingredients that help promote hair growth. You can use a little bit each night if you shampoo or use a clarifying mixture at least a few times a week to avoid clogged hair follicles. Mix the ingredients in a small container and gently massage a small amount onto the desired areas.

Hot Oil

¼ cup olive or oil

1 tbs. regular conditioner

This simple hot oil treatment can be used weekly or monthly. If your hair is over-processed or extremely damaged, start by using it twice a week. Combine the ingredients in a saucepan and warm over medium heat until the mixture is fully combined and warm, about 5 minutes. Once the oil is cool enough to touch, work it

Scalp Scrub

1 tbs. brown sugar

3 tbs. regular conditioner

Massaging your scalp on a regular basis stimulates oil production and can help reduce the dryness of your hair. Stir the sugar into the conditioner and apply the mixture to a damp scalp. Massage into your scalp using small circular motions to gently exfoliate. Shampoo and rinse well.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Economy of Style: Hair Story Part IV

I've been seeing this alot lately it seems. I have felt with my few extra inches...whew this is alot of work. Not to mention Im not sure how much sense it makes to have long hair but have to keep it locked away 95% of the time in order to keep it healthy.
I DO miss wash n go in 10 mins. simple style options and hair staying wherever you put it.

As bad as I want to loc its nice to see you can undo them without going bald.

Economy of Style: Hair Story Part IV: "In the last few years, I have made some major and sometimes spontaneous changes to my hair.  Many of you have noticed and I have received a ..."

Love Potion #9: The Recipe of Oils I Use to Moisturize my Hair

Love Potion #9: The Recipe of Oils I Use to Moisturize my Hair

I just found this blog...yet something else I want to make. I really need to stop.

"I have found my dream concoction that works in moisturizing my strands and I am holding on steadfast. You may have found a mix that works well for you but if you haven’t or maybe you are just up to trying something new, here is the recipe for my Love Potion #9.

½ cup of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

1/4th cup of Jojoba Oil

3 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 tsp of Castor Oil

3 drops of Rosemary Oil

Tip: To mix the oils with ease since coconut oil is of a hard consistency if not warmed. Boil about 2 cups of water in a small pot. Once water has boiled wait 2 minutes to cool for a bit and place your sturdy plastic container in the pot till the oils liquify and then freeze till oils are of hard or desired consistency :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Coily Cafe: What's in Your Kitchen?: Lemons

Coily Cafe: What's in Your Kitchen?: Lemons: "When life gives you lemons make lemonade...for your hair! We know that hint of lemon in our hair or on our skin makes you feel fresh, zesty,..."
Oily hair? Most of us don't have this problem but if you do, you can create a shampoo of sorts to rid of this problem. Add the juice of two lemons to a quart of water. Stir the mixture. The lemon hair rinse will help to reduce the excess oil in the hair. Lemon juice will also improve hair growth and reduce dandruff.

How-To: Oil Rinse and Why You Should « Clutch Magazine

How-To: Oil Rinse and Why You Should « Clutch Magazine

Try an oil rinse to lock in your hair’s moisture, increase shine, soften hair follicles, promote growth and ease the detangling process.

Follow these steps to oil rinse and you’ll be on your way to stronger, longer hair.

1-Wash your hair with shampoo. If you are only co-washing, rinse your hair ensuring it’s completely wet.

2- Part hair into four sections (or more depending on hair’s thickness and length).

3- Saturate hair and scalp with the oil of your choice. Don’t be fooled by fancy products and packaging, take it back to basics with natural products from the pantry like jojoba oil, meadow foam seed oil, avocado oil, amla oil, argan oil, and coconut oil, which are all great mixed together or used singularly. (You can use an application bottle if you mix multiple oils together.)

4- Using the tips of your fingers gently massage the oil from root-to-tip stroking in a downward motion.

5-Cover hair with a plastic cap and leave the oil on hair for a minimum of 45 minutes to an hour (You can decide on a longer length of time at your own discretion.)

6- Detangle hair using a wide-tooth comb or a Denman brush and rinse the oil in hot water.

7- Follow-up with your regular conditioner. Rinse out with cool water to remove oil residue.

This sounds like a good idea. Ill have to try it.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Lemongrass Cleanser

Lemongrass Cleanser

i want to try this
Lemongrass is an herb used in Thai and Vietnamese cooking. Make a hair rinse using 2-3 teaspoons dried herbs (or 3 times as much fresh herbs) with 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 15 minutes, strain out the herbs and use it as a hair wash or rinse (before conditioning unless you have oily hair) when it has cooled. Add a teaspoon of vegetable glycerin as a humectant, if you like.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

year 2-3

DAY 1 (AM): ShidaNatural's 7-day "CG" Program (for summer)... Define Cur...

ShidaNatural* Natural Hair Care & Styling on you tube.
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Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Styles and Curly Hair Care: The Art of Sealing- Natural Hair

Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Styles and Curly Hair Care: The Art of Sealing- Natural Hair: "by Reignelle of You will be applying these in layers to the length of your hair. Its optimal to seal on your wash days, whe..."

1. Start with wet hair.
Water is the only true form of moisture, if water is not present, neither is moisture.

2. Apply a leave-in, moisturizer or creme.
Try Direct Leave-In or your favorite water based leave-in. Avoid products that claim to moisturize, but have petroleum or mineral oil in the first five ingredients.

3. Apply a top coat of an oil or butter.
Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, and Coconut Oil, and Raw Shea or Mango butter are all great choices and can be found in most health food stores such as Whole Foods or Trader Joes.
Found in most Beauty Supply Stores, Elasta QP Mango Butter is also a great choice!

I prefer a light oil like grapeseed. It doesn't weigh my hair down, break out my skin, or leave me feeling "oily".

Applying oil or a thick hair butter, keeps the moisturizing products within the hair strand. This is the most important step.

4. Style as Normal.
Maybe try a protective style if you are looking to grow out your hair.

This has also made the world of difference for me in the past few months. It seems so simple...basic knowledge but ummm..I had no clue!

Quick but simple style tutorial

style to try

homemade flaxseed gel

This stuff is the bizness for me!!! It lays my beast down like butta!!! and its natural!!

My favorite summer spritz!

My favorite thing: The rosewater spritz. OMG!! Amazing. I cant stop touching my hair. its so solft and fluffy...not "greasy".

The basic ingredients are: 4-8 oz of rose water, 1/3 cup aloe vera gel, 1/3 cup vegetable glycerin (adjust aloe and glycerin as needed) and a few drops of rosemary essential oil. (I used tree tea oil instead of rosmary)

you can also change out the essential oil or add additional oils to suit your tastes. for example you could also add olive oil, peppermint oil, and tea tree oil (tea tree is good for those battling dandruff).

this hair spritz is sure to please – especially type 4s with very coarse hair. with consistent use, it makes your hair very, very soft. just add all of the ingredients to a bottle and shake well. that’s it. no blending or anything else needed!

Shealoe Mousse

I made this a few weeks ago and my hair and body are loving this recipe!


Shealoe Butter Mousse Recipe

I told y’all I was going to try this in my last post and I wasn’t kidding. Last night I went into the kitchen armed with my hand mixer and collection of oils and I added a little of this and a little of that and voilá I had my concoction of what I’m calling Shealoe Butter Mousse.

What I was going for was a light butter that I could use both on my skin and hair. For this reason I didn’t add more shea butter but if you want a thicker butter you can go ahead and add more shea. This recipe yields a light fluffy whipping-cream-textured “butter”. The key to this recipe is not to get any water in the mix. If water gets in you’re likely to experience fungus growing on your masterpiece…unless of course you use some type of preservative.

So here’s the recipe:

¼ cup coconut oil
2 heaping tbsp shea butter
2 tbsp aloe vera gel
1 tsp jojoba
1 tsp vegetable glycerin
¼ tsp vitamin E
¼ tsp fragrance oil of your choice


1. In a small bowl melt together the coconut oil and shea butter in the microwave until it is just melted. Do not boil it. I nuke mine in 30 second increments until the shea butter is almost completely melted.
2. In a measuring cup, measure out the aloe vera gel.
3. On medium speed with a hand mixer, start beating the melted shea and coconut oil. While beating, slowly add the aloe vera gel. The mixture will start turning white. Beat for about 3 mins.
4. Leave the mixture to cool for about 30 mins. As it cools it will thicken.
5. After the 30 minute period beat the mixture for 5 -10 mins to incorporate more air and make it lighter.
6. Add the vegetable glycerin, jojoba oil and vitamin E. Whip until completely incorporated.
7. Add your choice of fragrance oil (I chose oatmeal milk and honey fragrance oil) and whip again until completely incorporated.
8. Spoon into a container and store in a cool dry place.

♡♡♡LUVNaturals #26 Protective Style - 1940's inspired look

♡♡♡LUVNaturals #1 "Wash, Tuck and Go" hairstyle :-)

Another protective style I want to try.

How to Make Homemade Flaxseed Hair Gel |

How to Make Homemade Flaxseed Hair Gel |

Easy Natural Hair Tutorial: Side Puff and Front Flat Twist

I really dig this chick!! Her hair is alot thicker than mine but I love this look. Ive tried it once...didnt quite make it but I wore it anyways. I dont think my beast will do the side puff and I cant flat twist and ended up just kinda rolling it...but I think Im getting close.